The '''United States Department of Agriculture''' ('''USDA'''), also known as the '''Agriculture Department''', is the Federal government of the United States|U.S. United States federal executive departments|federal executive department
responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, agriculture, forestry, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities and end hunger in the United States and internationally.
Approximately 80% of USDA's $140 billion budget goes to the Food and Nutrition Service
(FNS) program. The largest component of the FNS budget is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
(formerly known as the Food Stamp program), which is the cornerstone of USDA's nutrition assistance.
[[http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/HISTORY%20OF%20FNS.pdf HISTORY OF FNS]. usda.gov.... ]